Dinky Toys & Supertoys 1963 – *commercial break

Dinky Toys tinplate advert. 2013. Editions Atlas.

*TVTA is taking a short break and will return soon with more retro goodness.

We leave you with the following scans which are from a reproduced and licensed 2nd edition 1963 Dinky catalogue, as made available in 2013 by Editions Atlas Collections, France.

Images and Dinky logo copyright of Mattel and Editions Atlas. Scanned by TVTA for information and education purposes only.


Retro toys in Coventry part one: the Coventry Transport Museum

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This is part one of my two-parter featuring retro toys exhibited at the Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, UK.

You can see part two Here

I’ve always enoyed visiting the transport museum and was pleased to see it once again following its recent refurbishment. If you get chance to visit do so – you’ll see a fascinating display of British Midlands’ transport heritage as well as a current exhibition of classic tin and die cast toy vehicles such as Dinky, Corgi and Matchbox.

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I couldn’t end the post without at least showing some of the amazing examples of ‘real’ transport on display.

How many of these do you recognise?

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1977 triumph bonneville



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1980 Sunbeam Lotus


Dinky are miniature die-cast vehicles produced by Frank Hornby’s famous Meccano company.  Dinky made several TV and movie-related vehicles including many for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV productions such as Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Space 1999. More info here: Dinky Wikipedia

Dinky Kits… all you need is a screwdriver!

I’m pretty stoked to finally submit a Dinky toy ad to the pages of TVTA! And what a great example, too… this 1974 UK ad from the pages of The Mighty World Of Marvel features three of Dinky’s new models for their Dinky Kits range. The artwork is appealing, particularly the rendition of the Ford Capri Rally Special.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.

US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.

Dinky Toys. Meccano Magazine N°10 1958. France.

From the Dinky Toys 1971 French catalogue – Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV show toys; ThunderbirdsCaptain Scarlet and the MysteronsUFO.

Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 car from Thunderbirds.

Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

SHADO UFO Interceptor vehicle from UFO.

Cover of the Dinky Toys catalogue, 1971 French edition.

Cover. Dinky Toys catalogue. 1971. France.

Post updated April 2021 with new images.